Graham-Mebane Lake General Information
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As a source for recreation, Graham-Mebane Lake offers sport fishing, boating, skiing, paddle sports (stand-up paddleboards are welcomed), bank fishing, and picnicking. The facility features a marina office where sales of user permits, bait, fishing supplies, concessions, and paddle vessel rentals are performed. A seven-lane boat ramp offers ample space for loading and retrieving several boats at once. There are two docks for securing boats and a kayak launch with handrails and rollers for easy launching of kayaks and canoes. The bank fishing area features approximately 1000 feet of shoreline, two fishing piers, multiple fish attractors, picnic tables, and a shelter. The Lake offers several tournaments and family programs throughout the year; however, no swimming or wading is allowed.
Graham-Mebane Lake Aquatic Habitat Enhancement
- 9 volunteers totaling 89 person-hours of effort
- 292 Wildlife Resources Commission person-hours of effort
- 20 protected vegetation sites totaling 12,984 square feet
- 46 unprotected Water Willow sites totaling 3,681 square feet of shoreline planted
- We planted the following species:
White Water Lily – 131
Spatterdock – 102
Pondweed – 62
Pickerelweed – 84
Water Willow – 1418
1. Anglers are invited to stop by the Graham-Mebane Lake office to participate in an interactive map to provide direct input to biologists on beneficial sites for habitat enhancement, by contributing to where to place artificial and natural structures as well as where to initiate native vegetation efforts.
2. Volunteer this summer to help biologists plant aquatic vegetation during the Work Dates (see work dates below). NCWRC will supply the boat needs, so no one needs to have a boat in order to assist with the project. Please contact NCWRC for more information (contact information on the flyer).
For safety, Graham-Mebane Lake restricts admittance during periods of lightning, heavy rain, and fog until safe boating/fishing is assured. The lake does not put boats on the water or anglers on the bank until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike within 10 miles. Boaters already on the water and anglers already fishing in the bank area must use their own judgement as when to seek safety during lightning conditions.
What are the lake’s hours?
City ordinance requires that activities on the lake be limited to daylight hours. As these hours vary with the seasons, so do the lake’s operating hours. See Hours of Operation, Fees, & Directions for current hours.
Do I need a fishing license?
Yes, anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid NC fishing license. Licenses may be purchased online from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission or at area sporting goods stores.
What’s it cost to bank fish?
For anglers ages 13-64 the fee is $3, senior citizens (age 65+) $1, children 12 and younger are free. See our Hours of Operation, Fees, & Directions page for boat launching and vessel rental rates. Please present proof of age.
Can I swim in the lake?
No, the primary purpose of the lake is for municipal water supply so swimming is not allowed.
What fish species are in the lake and what are the size limits?
Largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish are the most sought after fish in the lake. Other species include bluegill, carp, and shad. An angler is allowed a limit of five (5) bass over 14 inches per day. There are no other size or number limits on fish.
Does the lake sell live bait?
Yes, the lake sells night crawlers, red worms, and crickets. We do not sell minnows. Hooks, weights, bobbers, and ice may also be purchased at the Marina.